STAFF PICK: Our 2017 Soil Trilogy
We’re featuring Charlotte and Lila’s favorite Elk Cove wine – our 2017 Soil Trilogy – throughout the month of October 2019 in our tasting room and online. Charlotte and Lila Bright are the newest members of the Elk Cove tasting room team. When we asked them to each pick a favorite Elk Cove wine, but they both wanted to do the 2017 Soil Trilogy – together. Here’s what Lila has to say about it:
How long have you been working at Elk Cove?
Just 4 months. Dane Campbell – one of the best people in the world – is a really good friend of a friend, and he referred me to Elk Cove. I wasn’t knowledgeable about wine, but Elk Cove gave me a chance. I’m learning something new every day and that’s an exciting part of the job. Plus we really do have the best customers in the whole world.
Why the Soil Trilogy?
We’re one of the few wineries that have wines from all three of these soil types, and I LOVE Jory soil because that’s where Clay Court comes from.
So really Clay Court is your favorite, why?
It’s such a beautiful wine – really smooth but also lingering… It’s a great stand-alone wine – you don’t need food to enjoy it. I like to say it’s “deliciousness in a bottle”.
Also, Clay Court is Elk Cove founder Pat Campbell’s favorite too. When I found that out I said “YES!” because she is one of my heroes. She was the first woman winemaker in Oregon and she does amazing things for the community. I’ve gotten to know her because she’s often up here taking care of the flowers and the garden. I really hope we can stay family-owned forever and be 4th, 5th and 6th generation winery someday.
What’s it like working with Charlotte?
Charlotte and I are definitely the two newbies, but we’re a good team. We’re both bubbly people. We might be a bit enthusiastic, but she and I are a force to be reckoned with.
– Lila Bright, Tasting Room Associate
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Discover Terroir With Our Soil Trilogy
Curious how soil affects wine? Our Soil Trilogy is a great way to experience three wines made with the same varietal, by the same winemaker, our own Adam Campbell, from grapes grown on each of the three primary soil types here in the northern Willamette Valley. We are very fortunate to farm Pinot Noir on each of the three major Willamette Valley soil types: Willakenzie (marine sedimentary), Laurelwood (windblown silt) and Jory (volcanic clay). Our wines that typify the expression of each soil type are:
La Bohème (Willakenzie/marine sediment)
Five Mountain (Laurelwood/windblown silt)
Clay Court (Jory/volcanic clay)
From early on, it was our goal to farm on this diversity of soil types so that we could take Elk Cove 100% estate. The final piece of this puzzle was our purchase of Clay Court Vineyard in 2009. Clay Court is now home to Elk Cove founders Pat and Joe Campbell – and the namesake tennis court.
There is a relationship between soil type, aromatics and fruit expression that is fascinating to explore. Our soil trilogy is your chance to find out first-hand and taste for yourself. Our Single Vineyard Wines are made in small runs, this offer is only available while supplies last.
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Want to know more about our local geology and how it affects wines? Check out this article by local wine geologist and Portland State professor Scott Burns.